83 faith-based groups urge Senators to reject same-sex marriage bill

A coalition of 83 conservative Christian and faith-based groups have written to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, imploring Senators to oppose a bill just approved by the House that would ensure same-sex marriage remains legal if the Supreme Court reverses its 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, Christian Headlines (CH) reports.

NATO To Discuss Finland, Sweden Membership

Foreign ministers from NATO are gathering in Berlin as Finland and Sweden move closer to joining the Western military alliance despite warnings from Moscow amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

$1.5 Trillion Spending Bill Passes Senate 68-31

The $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill (HR 2471) was passed by the House on Wednesday and by the Senate on Thursday evening. The bill is now on its way to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.

U.S. Senate Approves Biden’s 1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Package

The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate has approved President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure investment plan despite its hefty price tag and criticism that not all money will go to upgrade assets such as roads, bridges, airports, and waterways.

Poll: Majority of Americans oppose expanding the U.S. Supreme Court

Democrats enthralled their base and alarmed Republicans with the recent announcement of a new push to add four justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the latest polling suggests the majority of Americans don’t favor expanding the highest court in the land.

Merrick Garland confirmed as US Attorney General in strong bi-partisan vote

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland as US Attorney General in a 70-30 bi-partisan vote, USA Today reports. Garland, who was denied a Supreme Court confirmation hearing by the GOP-led Senate in 2016, received 20 votes from Republicans approving his appointment as Attorney General.

McConnell wants to push Trump’s Senate impeachment trial to mid-February

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has proposed to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial should start in mid-February, timing he laid out during a conference call with Republican colleagues Thursday, multiple sources on the call said.

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